Holiday Images in Granada

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Reyes Magos – Three Kings

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Starting in early December, downtown Granada dresses up nicely in the holiday spirit.  Major streets are lined with lights and there is a festive mood that permeates the air.  It all comes to a head the evening of January 5 for the Cabalgata de Reyes Magos (Cavalcade of Magi) parade.

Note:  Santa Claus (Papa Noel) is a bit of an afterthought around here.  The real stars are the three kings and it is the morning of January 6 that kids receive their presents.

Nativity scenes - big and small - can be found around town.
Nativity scenes – big and small – can be found around town.
The line down the street to purchase tickets to the Christmas lottery.
Line down the street to purchase tickets to the Christmas lottery.

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Baby Jesus flags and climbing Reyes Magos can be seen on many balconies.
Baby Jesus flags and climbing Reyes Magos are seen adorning many balconies.
All around town are tents filled with Beléns - little reproductions of Bethlehem - setup like the most elaborate model railroad you've ever seen.
All around town are tents filled with Beléns – little reproductions of Bethlehem – setup like the most elaborate model railroad you’ve ever seen.
Many temporary stores are setup selling trinkets to create your own Belén.
Many temporary stores are setup selling trinkets to create your own Belén.
Traditional Roscón (citrus-infused brioche). A ceramic king is buried inside and whoever encounters it is 'King' for the day.
Traditional Roscón (citrus-infused brioche). A little ceramic figurine is buried inside and whoever encounters it is ‘King’ for the day.  Photo Credit:  H. Billing
Cabalgata parade
Cabalgata parade
Cabalgata parade where candy rains down on the spectators.
Cabalgata.  The red bucket next to the King is filled with candy and is showered down on the parade-goers.

 

6 thoughts on “Holiday Images in Granada”

  1. Lol! They were happy to have the holiday off 🙂 . We skipped going to the center that day, but were there the day before to see the preparation and the temporary booths, l swear it seemed like 500 booths were lining the Main Street and they were packed!

    1. Yeah, lots of those booths were setup in town center here too selling different things from candied apples and sweets to homemade dolls. I’m glad we planned our return from Italy a little short so we could be back in time for the Jan 5-6 festivities. One of those Spanish things worth seeing.

  2. My birthday was on the 6th and my calendar gives a summary about the Three Kings Day, and so on that day I had been wondering, in which country do kids open their presents on the morning of January 6th? You just answered my question, how cool! It looks like you are having a splendid time and I enjoy looking at all your pictures and pretending that I am there, and not here in yucky, snowy, cold, slushy Wisconsin. It looks like you all are doing great still!

    1. Well there you go, Jamie.

      We’re doing great. It’s nice to have escaped the usual winter that I’ve come to know too well. While Granada remains one of the coldest places in Andalusia the weather, for me, has been a real treat so far.

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